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Case Study – Preston College Resin Flooring

Resin flooring Project – Preston College

Brief Description

Quest were contacted by a main contractor and asked to tender for works on a public sector project within a college facility. This included installation of a resin flooring based system for an engineering workshop.

Overview

After initial contact, Quest put forward a tender and the order was accepted 4 weeks ahead of the programmed start date, which allowed for thorough planning to take place in order to ascertain the best flooring solution for the environment the end user specified to the main contractor. Altrotect Plus was specified by Quest as the best solution for the mechanical engineering space incorporating a 3 part system (one part DPM primer and two parts resin coating) which would provide a surface in line with the end users specifications.

Quest then met with the client to present the selected system to explain that it would provide a hard wearing, easy to clean and long lasting surface that would reflect the lighting in the space to give a much brighter feel to the environment. This was met with approval by the client and the system was approved for the project.

The entire project was programmed for one week but Quest finished in just 5 days; with all materials for the 1000m2 floor delivered at once from a single production in order to ensure no shade variations in the surface.

Both the main contractor and end user were very happy with the results of the final installation, due in large part to the work being completed ahead of programmed time and on budget and the floor is now used by the engineers of the future in the college today!

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Slip Resistance in Resin Flooring Part Five

Slip Resistance in Resin Flooring Part Five

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Surface Regularity

The surface regularity and degree of fall of any floor finish will largely determine the tendency for water and other contaminants to ‘pond’ (sit in puddles). Ponding can result in higher than anticipated contaminant film thicknesses which can have an adverse effect on the levels of slip resistance achievable.

Due to their method of application, synthetic resin floorings will inevitably follow the profile of the underlying substrate. The degree of regularity required to minimise ponding should therefore be defined in advance both on newbuild or refurbishment projects.

Slip Resistance in Resin Flooring Part Four

Slip Resistance in Resin Flooring Part Four

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Regular Cleaning Procedures The recommended method for managing slip resistance is to ensure that a regular and effective cleaning regime is implemented that complies with the resin flooring manufacturer’s recommendations. If the incorrect cleaning regime is used, a build up of contaminants may quickly form, which could reduce the level of slip resistance available to an unacceptable level.

The most effective cleaning method will normally require the use of mechanical floor cleaning machines in conjunction with cleaning chemicals approved by the resin flooring manufacturer. It is essential that the cleaning chemical supplier is made fully aware of the types of contaminant that are likely to come into contact with the floor to ensure that the most effective product is specified.

The frequency of cleaning should be tailored to ensure that acceptable levels of slip resistance are available at all times. Regular monitoring of the slip resistance will provide an assurance of effective cleaning.

Slip Resistance in Resin Flooring Part Three

Slip Resistance in Resin Flooring Part Three

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ACCEPTABLE LEVELS OF SLIP RESISTANCE

The BS 8204 series of standards for in situ floorings (including BS 8204-6: Synthetic Resin Floorings), specify that any flooring should give a Pendulum Test Value (PTV) of not less than 40 when tested wet or dry as appropriate for the anticipated service conditions, including any likely surface contamination. There is a rider that ‘in particularly wet areas, the client should be advised of the benefits of the use of special footwear with slip resistant soles, which can allow a smoother floor finish to be adopted. In such situations a PTV of not less than 33 may be acceptable’.

MANAGING THE LEVEL OF SLIP RESISTANCE PROVIDED BY RESIN FLOORING

As stated in the introduction, the design and correct installation of a resin floor is an essential part of the risk management process. However, even the best of floors will not deliver the desired level of performance if daily business operations are not tailored to help minimise risk.

Slip Resistance in Resin Flooring Part One

Slip Resistance in Resin Flooring Part One

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Correctly specified and applied synthetic resin flooring is well proven as an effective method of protecting substrates and providing excellent levels of slip resistance in wet, dry and contaminated conditions, especially within high risk areas such as food and drink processing, commercial catering and heavy industrial environments. Pre-planning at the design stage to evaluate the environment and the use of the floor is critical. The following criteria should be examined before proceeding with the design of the floor, to ensure the causes of slips are minimised.

– Operating environment (type, concentration and frequency of likely spillage / contaminant)

– Surface regularity (i.e. does the floor ‘free drain’ or does standing water accumulate?)

– Insitu drainage and / or new drainage requirements

– Regular cleaning procedures

– Safety footwear

While processes designed to avoid spillage / contamination is one essential part of any slip risk management approach, it is inevitable that occasions will arise when slippery conditions will occur and reliance will be placed on the floor finish to minimise risk. As such, it is essential that floors are designed to handle the extremes of operating conditions to minimise risk and fully meet duty of care responsibilities. This guidance note will explain the main methods for measuring the level of slip resistance offered by a resin floor finish in line with the main methods recognised in the UK. It will then briefly cover other factors that help manage and minimise the overall risk of a slip related incident.

Maintenance and Preparation of Flooring Part Two

Maintenance and Preparation of Flooring Part Two

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More complex restorative work such as re-polishing of terrazzo and natural stone is a complex process that only a company like Quest can carry out because of our large investment in the machinery necessary to complete this work. This constant prioritisation of the latest machinery, technology and training for their staff coupled with the number of projects they have completed has enabled them to develop a system of grinding, polishing and buffing to allow a possibly damaged or dulled floor to be restored to excellent condition.

Using their vast experience and transferrable skills from the resin and concrete maintenance industries, Quest is expanding their capabilities into the maintenance and preparation of wood flooring through a process called wood grinding, using products such as the HTC EZWood™ range.

Employing wood flooring in a space can give it an air of class and elegance, but if in a relatively busy area, particles of dirt and grit will be trafficked on to the floor, causing it to become layered with varying degrees of dirt and oil. This can be very damaging and seriously shorten the lifespan of any wood flooring. The floors surface can quickly become dull due to scratches and the wood may be affected by the ingression of moisture and stains.

Wood grinding is the process of passing diamond pads over the surface of the flooring in order to remove existing polish or finish and then sanding the surface to remove any scratches and create an even level, ready for new lacquer to be added. This method is great for wooden flooring that is used constantly, and has sustained a lot of damage; but it is just as effective on a floor that just needs to look its best again.

Sports Venues – Part One

Sports Venues – Part One

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When considering the flooring requirements of a sports or leisure venue, some of the most important decisions to be made are what to do about the many problems that can occur within the site in day to day operations.  The flooring of a public place such as a stadium or arena constantly has to face difficult situations such as bad weather conditions, drastic temperature changes and huge influxes of traffic. All these things can, and probably will cause damage to the floor over its lifetime, meaning more costly maintenance has to be carried out than necessary if the wrong surface or system is selected for the job.

While trying to deal with those issues, the ideal system must be flexible, as the needs of particular sports or sport governing bodies are always changing and advancing. This means the floor has to be able to cater for large audiences and high loads, while at the same time being adaptable to all types of events without compromising the look or feel of the surface.

With all these things in mind, a possible solution could be slip resistant polished concrete flooring for areas such as walkways, stairways and car parks, to ensure public safety but also provide a surface that will look appealing – even when faced with adverse weather conditions. Polished concrete also provides good resistance against impact and is hard wearing, meaning the surface is protected against heavy loads and foot traffic.

More in part two…

Public Sector Flooring Guide – Part Two

Public Sector Flooring – Part Two

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Quest Industrial Flooring is one such flooring company that has dealt with some of these very uniquely tailored projects. Here are some examples of the issues that can be faced, and potential solutions:-

– Middleton Secondary School was a project housed inside a group of buildings designed for constant foot traffic, potential spillages, stains and minor damage through wear and tear. Therefore, a resin flooring was decided upon that was built specifically to withstand heavy weights, hard wearing and was very easy to clean with basic chemical cleaning products. The floor would also have to be slip resistant, to avoid damage to the floor from pupils running on it and moreover to protect users from accidents while walking on it with wet shoes.

– Ward flooring was required for an NHS Trust in one of their hospitals. This flooring system was to be laid in a medical environment, so it would have to be highly resistant to spillages of chemicals, anti bacterial and easy to clean, in order to avoid difficulties with the patients and staff. The floor was also subject to constant hard wheeled traffic, so a floor was required that could handle high impact.

– Flooring was required for a job centre, which would require colouring and the ability to incorporate a logo. Therefore a resin flooring which could incorporate a decorative element into the pattern was used. The floor was also chosen to be easy to maintain and clean.

No matter what the budget, specification or specific requirements of the floor, there are a plethora of options available to any designer or project manager. This is primarily down to the number of different resin manufacturers, which ensures a wide range of flooring systems are available that are designed not only to meet specific requirements but to fit budgetary constraints too.

Public Sector Flooring Guide – Part One

Public Sector Flooring – Part One

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Hard wearing, cost efficient, durable yet attractive. The multitude of flooring needs within the public sector vary widely, with there being an equally wide variety of floor solutions available to a property owner or operator. Public sector buildings are often multifaceted, housing a number of different departments or facilities, each of which may have its own unique set of system requirements. Understanding the needs of each specific area, and which floor covering is best suited to which purpose, is essential when making sure that the correct floor is installed for each location.

There will be instances where specific requirements are a perquisite in places such as hospitals, schools and public spaces, which have to deal with a unique set of situations that involve a very specific set of solutions to the potential issues the flooring can come up against, such as high foot traffic, potential corrosive or dangerous chemical spillages or a high chance of impacts to the surface.

Different types of seal coats Resin Floors

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Flooring systems in general tend to get damaged over time, whether it is through foot and vehicle traffic, chemical spillages, weather or other unforeseen circumstances.

This requires the user to complete maintenance and repair work whenever these problems arise and then apply protection to the floor in order to ward off future issues. In the case of resin flooring, this process involves a range of methods, most commonly applying a seal coat to the surface.

All resin based floors are subject to some degree of scratching, loss of shine or marking over time. The method of maintaining the floor to fix these issues involves lightly abrading the surface and re-applying another topcoat. The frequency with which this needs to be performed depends on the floor’s loading and the quality of its topcoat.

Acrylic sealers are perfect for protecting the resin surface and make them highly resistant to staining, so they are well suited for use on floors with key design features such as patterns and logos. However acrylics are usually much thinner than polyurethane sealers and epoxy coatings, so they wear faster and usually require reapplication sooner.

Polyurethanes sealers are nearly twice as thick as acrylic and form a high-build protective film on the resin surface that provides excellent resistance to abrasion and chemicals. These types of coatings are perfect for floors in high-traffic areas, to provide good resistance to scuffs and staining.

Epoxy sealers form a high-build protective film on the resin surface, producing a hard, long-wearing, abrasion-resistant finish. They also offer excellent water repellence. They are best used in food preparation areas such as large wholesalers and food production factories.  They are also excellent for use in heavy engineering and manufacturing industries.

There are a range of sealants, waxes and polymers available for the maintenance of resin floors and Quest Industrial Flooring are able to advise on the most suitable for your facility.